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Family ► Polygonaceae.

Habitat ► Throughout India in marshy places, up to 1,900 m. in the hills.

Ayurvedic ► Rakta-rohidaa (Gujarat).

Siddha/Tamil ► Attalaree.

Action ► Plant juice and rootstock— used in pneumonia, consumption, jaundice, fevers. Leaf— antispasmodic. Used for colic.

The leaves contain flavonoids— quercetin, rhamnetin, quercitrin, avic- ularin and rutin. Flowers contain pigments, delphinidin-3,5-diglucoside and cyanidin-3,5-diglucoside and quercetin.

The methanolic aqueous extract of the leaf gave a pure anthelmintic substance, a terpenoid (PGA). (The herb is used as an anthelmintic in Sudan.)

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